Smartphone Camera Wars: Google’s takes the lead with Night Sight.

Google who had already changed the game when it came to smartphone photography, recently announced their new (unreleased) feature ‘Night Sight’ which combines machine learning, clever algorithms, and four seconds of exposure to generate surprisingly good images in locations where there is little to no light. I decided to take the unreleased software feature to the test.

Shooting at Dusk

During dusk, there isn’t much difference to the untrained eye, but if you look closely you can see that a lot of the noise from the images are reduced and they appear much sharper.

Normal Mode | f/2.0 | 4.67mm | ISO800

Night Sight | f/2.0 | 1/30 | 4.67mm | ISO454 

Combating Ambient Light

In this image, you can see there is a lot of ambient light causing noise and grain which reduces the clarity. When Night Sight is used (Although the image seems darker) there is a significant decrease in noise and the image seems sharper.  

Normal Mode | f\2.0 | 1/15 | 4.67mm | ISO1093

Night Sight | f/2.0 | 1/17 | ISO802

Long Distance Light

Night Sight long distance shots produce a lot of grain, however, the colour is decent considering the conditions. 

Normal Mode | f/2.0 | 4.67mm | ISO800

Normal Mode | f/2.0 | 4.67mm | ISO800

Normal Mode | f/2.0 | 4.67mm | ISO454

Night Sight at It’s Best

Where there is little to no light, Night Sight manages to pick up the ambient light and put together an impressive image. I was surprised by this one!

Normal Mode | f/2.0 | 1/15 | 4.67mm | ISO4519

Normal Mode | f/2.0 | 1/15 | 4.67mm | ISO4519

Night Sight | f/2.0 | 1/5 | 4.67mm | ISO966

Impressive colour!

The ambient light was almost directly reflecting onto these changerooms. I was very impressed with the light and colour that came out of the Night Sight version.


Normal Mode | f/2.0 | 1/15 | 4.67mm | ISO4800


Night Sight | f/2.0 | 1/9 | 4.67mm | ISO2572


As far as I know, Google is leading the smartphone camera war with its machine learning software. Night Sight isn’t groundbreaking but it’s an amazing software that should be popular with Pixel users in the upcoming updates. It works best when there is a ton of predominantly direct ambient light.

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